Mostly Fresh And Only Somewhat Stale
October has been another busy month. Seriously, I keep thinking about writing something and then I get swamped with other projects. Even though I still have other projects I'm working on, I thought I better do this post before it's old and stale. You can't even stick an 'old and stale' blog entry in the microwave with a cup of water to freshen it up. Nope, it just goes bad. So... A few weeks ago, The Teachers parents visited for a weekend. We kept busy with a volleyball game in Prineville and other typical things you do when family visits. The Teachers dad is always game for going to out-doorsy places, so when he mentioned wanting to see East Lake, I thought it sounded like a good enough idea to me. Now, I should mention that the last time Terry and I went out exploring, it was back in March to the Oregon Outback. I was going to do a post about that, however The Teachers appendix decided to rupture and ruin that (among other things). So, first I'm going to recap that adventure since it shows a little more on the odd places Terry and I are willing to go. Hole In The Ground
From the USGS.GOV site:
Hole-in-the-Ground is a nearly circular maar with a floor 150 meters below and a rim 35 to 65 meters above original ground level. Its diameter from rim to rim is 1,600 meters. The volume of the crater below the original surface is only 60 percent of the volume of ejecta. Only 10 percent of the ejecta is juvenile basaltic material. Most of the ejected material is fine grained, but some of the blocks of older rocks reached dimensions of 8 meters. The largest blocks were hurled distances of up to 3.7 kilometers from the center of the crater. Accretionary lapilli, impact sags, and vesiculated tuffs are well developed.When we arrived at the turn-off for Hole-in-the-Ground, we saw that the road wasn't officially open yet. Hmmmm. Adding to that fact there were bullet casings all over the ground as well. Of course, what's adventure without your sense of adventure? We continued on to the holy greatness a head.
From the hole, we next traveled to Fort Rock. The Fort Rock Homestead Village Museum was closed, so all we could do was peek over the fence that had numerous warning signs about trespassers being shot (or something like that). Given the size of the town, I didn't doubt it. What else do the police around here have to do?
Fast forward back to the present month of October. Terry mentioned that he wanted to see East Lake. Once again I was game for an adventure and the weather wasn't too bad (or so we thought). Once again we headed South of Bend and took the road up to Paulina Lake. It was definitely the end of the Summer season, and despite being a Saturday afternoon the ranger booth was closed (which meant no day pass fees for us). Paulina Creek Falls
Our first stop was at Paulina Creek Falls.
Our next site of interest was the Big Obsidian Flow trail. It was becoming apparent that a storm was moving in. The clouds and the mist added to the desolate landscape of black obsidian.
As we drove up and up the view started to get worse and worse with the clouds and fog. Yep, we made it to the top and this is the view we were rewarded with.